The Basics of Backgammon Tactics – Part 2
August 8th, 2020 by Claudia

As we have dicussed in the previous article, Backgammon is a casino game of talent and pure luck. The goal is to shift your pieces safely around the board to your inner board and at the same time your opponent moves their chips toward their inside board in the opposing direction. With opposing player chips shifting in opposite directions there is going to be conflict and the requirement for particular strategies at particular instances. Here are the 2 final Backgammon tactics to finish off your game.

The Priming Game Plan

If the goal of the blocking plan is to slow down the opponent to shift his pieces, the Priming Game strategy is to absolutely stop any movement of the opposing player by building a prime – ideally 6 points in a row. The competitor’s checkers will either get hit, or end up in a damaged position if she ever tries to escape the wall. The trap of the prime can be setup anyplace between point two and point 11 in your half of the board. Once you have successfully constructed the prime to block the activity of the competitor, the opponent does not even get a chance to toss the dice, that means you shift your chips and toss the dice again. You’ll be a winner for sure.

The Back Game Technique

The goals of the Back Game plan and the Blocking Game plan are very similar – to hurt your opponent’s positions in hope to boost your chances of succeeding, but the Back Game tactic utilizes seperate tactics to achieve that. The Back Game plan is frequently utilized when you’re far behind your opponent. To compete in Backgammon with this strategy, you need to control two or more points in table, and to hit a blot (a single piece) late in the game. This tactic is more complex than others to play in Backgammon because it requires careful movement of your pieces and how the chips are relocated is partly the outcome of the dice toss.

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